Labour MP injured in wheelchair fall

February 22, 2012 10:22 am

Labour MP Dame Anne Begg – the first full-time wheelchair user to be elected to the House of Commons – is being treated in hospital for a broken leg and wrist after falling from her wheelchair. According to the BBC:

“The 56-year-old Labour MP is being cared for in hospital after falling in London. It is understood she will not be in a position to attend the House of Commons for some time. However, she told BBC Scotland she was not going to let the accident get in the way of her work.”

Begg was appointed “Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire” for services to disabled people and equal opportunities in the most recent New Year Honours list, and received the honour at Buckingham Palace earlier this month.

Everyone at LabourList wishes her a swift recovery, and we look forward to seeing her back in the chamber again soon.

  • treborc

    It happens very very often I have problems when idiots parking on the pavement without leaving a space,  and when you try to get off the pavement over you go. I have also been pushed out of the way by a Lady who wanted to pass me in a line waiting at a checkout. I broke four of my fingers because I had my hand on the wheelchair wheel.

    The last one saw me breaking my  eye socket, cheek bone, and jaw when I was hit by a bloke riding a bike on the pavement.

    So yes I wish her well and hope she recovers soon.

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